Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and local public health agencies are currently monitoring cases of monkeypox in the United States. While monkeypox has been identified in Colorado, there are currently no reported cases of monkeypox in El Paso County. 

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is endemic in central and west Africa (meaning it is consistently present in those areas without causing significant disruptions in the lives of most people). It is now spreading in parts of the United States and abroad in Europe and Australia. It spreads through person-to-person transmission or direct contact with respiratory droplets, bodily fluids, or skin lesions of those infected. Monkeypox can also live on other surfaces.  

Monkeypox is rarely deadly and in most cases, monkeypox will resolve on its own. Symptoms of monkeypox often begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion. Typically, a rash develops within one to three days after the onset of fever, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. Most people recover within two to four weeks. 

If you have had contact with someone has monkeypox and develop the symptoms described, please contact your health provider.